Finished Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?”
This book is actual perfection and everything I needed. For starters, it’s got a president with politics I agree with (which, even without the amazing love story, is something I could really go for right now). It’s got great friendships and a lovely, supportive family. I would really like June and Nora to be my friends, please and thank you.
But…we’re really here for Alex and Henry, right? And this is a love story for the ages. It’s sweet and sexy and kind of adorable but also holy crap, so hot. So, so hot.
I couldn’t even estimate how many times I laughed but I also cried twice and laughed while crying once. This book is a complete delight and I need Casey McQuiston’s next book tomorrow, please.
This is going to be one of the best books of the year, but it’s also the one to beat for my personal favorite of 2019.